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Restaurants & Bars

Gennaro's on Amsterdam

Jessica Nepomuceno | May 25, 199901:37 PM     5

Has anybody else eaten at Gennaros? It's on Amsterdam
Avenue between 92nd and 93rd.

I ate there by myself three months ago, and I'm
debating if I want to try coming back with my
boyfriend. You see...he's very big, and the place is
very small. 25 seats, to be exact.

When I last ate there, there were no reservations
accepted. I persevered (and froze) on the bench
outside--because there's no foyer or wait space to
speak of. Mind you, it was maybe 9PM on a Monday
night!

I'm not in the habit of waiting slavishly in line just
because a place is trendy, but I really had nothing
else to do. The restaurant was filled with a
few families and couples from Columbia, but the wait
staff appeared to be very brisk and efficient. They're
also rather lithe, a necessary trait since they have to
maneuver through the tight space!

When I was finally seated, I had a nice glass of their
Chardonnay, and the potato, beet and goat cheese tart.
Just the right amount for an appetizer. The beets
absolutely melted on the tongue, and added an edge of
carmelized sweetness to the rich cheese and paper thin
potatoes.

As an entree, I had some sort of veal chop thing that
was toothsome and rich, with wonderful greens.

So--a good food experience, maybe great, when you
consider the barren strip of Amsterdam I was on (I
know-Gabriela's, Cafe con Leche, but no good Italian).

Do you fellow c'hounds think I should try a return
engangement? Has anyone visited recently? Has their
menu changed to reflect the change in seasons? Do
tell...

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